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Tierney injury Heaps on Revs' preseason pain
by Paul Kennedy, February 15th, 2013 12:03AM

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TAGS:  mls, new england revolution, seattle sounders


[MLS SPOTLIGHT] New England coach Jay Heaps had good reason to be in a foul mood following Wednesday's game against Seattle at the Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson.

The Revs' preseason has not gone well. Their arrival in Arizona was delayed by two days because of Nemo. Five potential starters missed the game with injuries or illness. The 2-0 loss to the Sounders kept them winless in preseason. And the shutout left them with one goal -- from the penalty spot -- in three preseason games.

So it was no surprise that Heaps was upset when Chris Tierney -- one of his most dependable and versatile players -- was taken out by Sounders hardman Oswaldo Alonso.

“One of the plays where Chris got hurt is not needed in any game, never mind preseason, professional soccer or under-12,” Heaps said in the post-game report on RevolutionSoccer.net. “It’s just a bad play.”

Tierney left the field at the Kino Sports Complex on crutches after Alonso took him down as went to cross the ball.

"It was an unfortunate incident. You hate to see a guy get really hurt, and Tierney got injured pretty badly," Heaps told the Arizona Daily Star. "We reacted. You just feel for Chris because he's not a guy who goes down. When he gets hit like that, you're just upset."

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Alonso and the Revs' Clyde Simms were subbed out of the game after the incident and New England's Sainey Nyassi and Seattle's Marc Burch were both ejected in the 80th minute.

The extent of the injury to Tierney's ankle was not known, but New England cannot afford another injury.

Three players -- Ryan Guy (calf), Kelyn Rowe (knee) and Saer Sene (ACL surgery) -- are sidelined with injuries -- and two more players -- Matt Reis and Chad Barrett -- missed Wednesday's game with illness.



4 comments
  1. eric olmstead
    commented on: February 15, 2013 at 11:58 a.m.
    You don't want to see anyone get hurt but Alonso's tackle is hardly a cheap shot!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: February 15, 2013 at 1:59 p.m.
    Holy smoke, but it seems to me that these "pre season tune up matches," all they appear to do is go out full bore and try to impress the coach. However, wouldn't it be more judicious for a coach to play members of the timber squad (subs, reserves, or whatever an opportunity to demonstrate their skills and as the "pre season game" wear on sub freely? Then again, what is a GM or Head coach to do when their top player is taken out? As for the video clip above, it is really circus and melodramatic with the orchestra playing somewhat omninous music... who put the clip together? Oh and BTW, pre-season games are in all sports, whether baseball, football, basketball, etc., during which so called franchise players or top recruits get injured, par for the course 'tis! PLAY ON!!!

  1. Paul Cox
    commented on: February 15, 2013 at 2:01 p.m.
    It looks to me like it's more of a bad-luck thing. Alsono is coming at him from the side, makes a legit lunge to try and block the cross- he isn't even trying to tackle Tierney, he's trying to block the pass. The problem is that they both come down into the same spot. Alonso's cleats aren't up, he's got his foot tucked down as soon as he misses... just bad luck. Burch, on the other hand, pretty well puts Nyassi in his place- twice. The first time, he probably would have gotten away with, but the second one gets the red card for sure. Not that I have a problem with it. Nyassi's "tackle" was just plain late, and he also clearly jumps well into Burch's legs.

  1. Peter Skouras
    commented on: February 16, 2013 at 6:33 p.m.
    That's right "Professor," play on! Bunch of ...


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